ROOK’s exclusive interview with up-and-rising skater, David Bo. As skateboarding’s first Icelandic born hypnotist, we sat with “Iceman” to talk about his beginnings and how he got into skating.
Name: David Mar Hafsteinsson, a.k.a. David Bo “Iceman”
How did you get your nickname? Caswell Berry started calling me “Iceman” during a skate tour we did for Slap magazine’s One In A Million and it just kind of stuck. He couldn’t say my name so he called me “Iceman”. My real name in Icelandic is something that people can’t pronounce.
Skating out of: Los Angeles.
When did you start skating? 12 years old.
How did you start skating? A couple weeks before I moved to America [after my mom married an American in Iceland], I saw this guy skating outside in the rain and thought it was coolest thing ever. After that I got really interested in it and since I was moving here it seemed more accessible because everybody here was doing it. I had no access to skateboarding in Iceland because everything is imported so not everybody was doing it. Boards were like $200. But I always had it imprinted in my mind that skateboarding was cool and that it looked fun and I thought I could do it because I have always been athletic.
First board? After we moved here, I begged mom for a skateboard so we went to Big 5 and she got me a banana board with the Juicy Fruit logo painted on it. It had plastic wheels and plastic trucks and only lasted for a couple weeks but I loved it.
Where do you like to skate? California is the dreamland for sure but Iceland is the best place to skate because there’s no concrete there so anything you can find is like magic. But it’s an oxymoron— you can’t skate there because there’s more haggard stuff but then again, I don’t like to skate something perfect that’s made for skateboarding. That’s why I like Iceland, everything is rough so you gotta be tough to skate that kind of stuff.
Biggest Influence? Theotis Beasley. I’ve stayed on his couch and he got me to where I am. He’s the one I want be like the most.
What’s your daily routine? I skate Stoner plaza a lot, and try to film as much as possible. I’m still going to school for psychology but I’m also skating as much as possible. [I’m going full time with skating and fit school in there.]
What don’t people know about you? I am a certified hypnotherapist; that’s also how I make my money. I can enhance people’s capabilities by hypnotizing them and improving their lives through behavior modification.
Where would you like to skate/visit in the future? China. It looks like a dreamland because everything is marble. I want to experience that because it’s not like that where I come from but I do appreciate smooth ground.
What’s next? If I could go to a country where they don’t have something and was able to give that something to them, then that’s what I would want to do. I have a big picture imagination so I tend to think that if you believe it, all of a sudden you’re doing it. I want to go out and help people and skating is the outlet that can help me do it. It’s a theory I have that skating is the perfect way for me to get in touch with those people.
Motto: Pay it forward.
Fave skate spot: Iceland
Fave trick: Ollie
Fave skate shop: Pharmacy board shop
Fave crew or person to skate with: Theotis Beasley gets me so hyped.
Fave skate vid or part: I cherish the first 411 and any Arto Saari or Geoff Rowley part.
Fave skate park: I like skating the Gardena Park. People get really hyped to see Theotis skate his hometown area and I don’t really have a hometown area so I like going with him.
Regular or Goofy? Goofy
Heelflips or Kickflips? Kickflip
Grinds or Slides? Grinds
Backside or Frontside? Backside
Nollie or Fakie? Fakie
Trucks Tight or Loose? Loose
Tees or Hoodies? Hoodies
Rap or Rock? Both
Don’t forget to catch his exclusive interview with The Skateboard Mag and video footage.
Photographer: Matthew Price
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It isn’t until you’re willing to become completely uncomfortable that the progression will make itself known. You have to divert from the norm, question everything and never settle. “ – Joe King, Co-Founder/Creative Director of ROOK
We met up with our Dutch distributor to walk a couple stores and take a tour of their office.
Went on a “Retail Bike Tour” to visit some shops.
Now we’re on our way back to the states with one last stop before we head home. On to Philadelphia for a couple meetings.
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